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FTE cClculations: Staff Scheduling Calculation Problem

Calculate the FTE's required for a unit with 6 nurses 24/7. What is a replacement factor to cover three weeks vacation and 5 sick days per year per nurse?

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You have asked for some assistance with calculations for the Full Time Equivalent needed to staff a unit with 6 nurses 24 hours a day and seven days a week.

Step One-->
First calculate the total hours needed for ONE person to cover all these hours by multiplying 24 by 7. This gives you 168 hours (which is the total number of hours in one calendar week).

Step Two-->
Next, since you need 6 nurses on the unit for all of these hours, multiply the total hours in a week (168) by the total number of nurses needed (6). 168 x 6= 1008. Now you know that you need to cover 1008 hours each week to have the desired staffing level.

Step Three-->
Next you need to determine how many hours your nurses will work each ...

Solution Summary

This solution demonstrates how to calculate the FTE's (Full Time Equivalent) required for a health care unit with 6 nurses 24 hours a day 7 days a week. It also shows what the replacement factor will be to cover three weeks vacation and 5 sick days per year per nurse. This solution is approximately 500 words.

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